Figures are down on November

There's been an 8 per cent drop in the number of families in emergency accommodation.

Department of Housing figures for December show there were 1,408 homeless families - down 122 on the November figures.

The total number of homeless adults fell by 16 last month, while the number of children dropped by 254.

But Roughan MacNamara from Focus Ireland says the reduction follows a major increase during 2017: